#GoodbyeTNS: From the cobbles of Spain to the catwalks of London
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As The National Student closes its doors at the end of the week, current Fashion Editor Charlie Torode tells us what the platform means to her. I’ve known that fashion journalism was the career for me long before I chose to study Spanish at university “just in case” I changed my mind, and needed a backup plan. Needless to say, six years after I took a small tour of England in order to choose my university, having been everywhere from BAFTA to Brick Lane via eco fashion, astrology, the backup plan isn’t needed and fashion is still where my heart lies.
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Image courtesy of Charlie TorodeAt an interview for a dream fashion internship at a magazine, I was told I was one of the chattiest candidates ever. The National Student played a huge part in that; I’ve spent every week for a very long time researching and writing about so much that I’ve gained knowledge and opinions by the bucket-load. It’s one thing reading about something, but it’s another to understand and write about it for an audience. I can’t help but feel sorry that a new generation of budding journalists and editors won’t have the chance that I did to do just that.
Image courtesy of Charlie TorodeOne of my last opportunities with The National Student was covering Graduate Fashion Week with Camille and Ruby. The chance to watch and review new designers and their collections was exciting, educational. Sitting approximately three metres away from Christopher Bailey, I learnt a valuable lesson in professionalism, and not losing one’s mind at inappropriate moments (I even resisted taking a sneaky pic for my Instagram story). Who knows what the future holds? With any luck, I’ll be reviewing plenty more fashion shows in the coming decades. But even if I’m front row at Dior, I’ll always remember my first foray into this wonderful world and the magazine that gave me the chance to do so.